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Mikela Lundahl Hero

Senior lecturer

Mikela Lundahl Hero
Senior lecturer
mikela.lundahl@globalstudies.gu.se
+46 31 786 2697
0709-360119

Room number: E509b
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg


School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
www.globalstudies.gu.se
globalstudies@gu.se
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

About Mikela Lundahl Hero


Areas of interest
Although my research has covered a broad range of topics, I return to a number of central concepts which represent my primary intellectual interests, the most important being power and how it operates through categorisations such as race, gender, sexuality, class, identity and culture. Naturally, queer, gender, whiteness and postcolonial theory have been critical to my intellectual development and subsequent teaching methodologies. Since my scholarly training is in intellectual history, texts tend to play an important part in my projects. As well as history and historiography.

Current research

Since 2015 I am engaged in a civil society project: The futures of genders and sexualities. Cultural products, transnational spaces and emerging communities. We are studying emerging belonings in the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion and space, from a queer, postcolonial and transnational point of view. 
Between 2010-2015 much of my work focused on Critical Heritage Studies with a focus on heritagization of culture, and the consequences thereof. 
I led a project, Frictions, fractures and cultural resilience of Swahili coastal towns, funded by SIDA about how the UNESCO institution of World Heritage works performatively on urban development – on both a material, cultural and social level. The project aimed to study the recent history of nominations and inscription to the UNESCO World heritage that the Stone Town of Zanzibar and Bagamoyo has/are undergoing and its consequences.
I have done research on how ethnographical museums across Europe have tackled (or not) the postcolonial challenge of the ethnographical/colonial paradigms on which they were founded. They hold collections formed within what are now considered to be redundant 19th century intellectual frameworks. No successful single policy solution has thus far been proposed. This reflects not only the failure of museums to adequately address their own often difficult histories but a wider contemporary uncertainty about how to deal with categories such as nation, race and people.

The research project that followed my PhD was Images and Imaginations: The History of Arabic, African and Latin American Literatures in Translation into Swedish (financed by the Swedish Research Council/Vetenskapsrådet), was devoted to Translation Studies, with a focus on how African literature was translated and received in Swedish language and culture. My focus was on the nexus between culture, literature, politics and benevolence, and how the literary system, when it concerns literature from “far away”, works differently in comparison to how it works when it comes to white/western literature.

My PhD thesis in History of Ideas (2005) was an investigation into how the attempted resistance of white supremacy (the French negritude movement from the 1930s onwards) was partly disempowered. In particular I reflected on the way in which this resistance was defined as local/particular, or even essentialist, in contrast to an imagined universal logic, by scholars such as Jean-Paul Sartre and James Clifford. To rethink the negritude movement, I used both queer and postcolonial theory. My thesis was published under the title: Vad är en neger? Negritude, strategi, essentialism, with some of the main arguments later published in an anthology devoted to studies of negritude: Negritude: Legacy and Present Relevance.
My main teaching currently, apart from supervising, is in the undergraduate course Global Gender Studies.

Major publications

Innocent children, western agents? Children and war in “African” literature
Mikela Lundahl
Eliassen K. O., Foss G., Nylander L., (red.). Litteratur og terror. Volden, politikken, estetikken, Oslo, Novus, 2016

Friction or Closure: Heritage as Loss
Mikela Lundahl
Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 2014

Latest publications

Memorable mobility?
Mikela Lundahl
Lumières Nordiqes , Rouen, Normandie, Èditions Octopus, Other 2018
Other

Borde samtiden av-sekulariseras?
Mikela Lundahl
Samtider, Göteborg, Daidalos, Chapter in book 2017
Chapter in book

Sekularitet – förstahet genom religion och kön
Linda Berg, Mikela Lundahl, Lena Martinsson
Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Innocent children, western agents? Children and war in “African” literature
Mikela Lundahl
Eliassen K. O., Foss G., Nylander L., (red.). Litteratur og terror. Volden, politikken, estetikken, Oslo, Novus, Chapter in book 2016
Chapter in book

(Un-)veiling the west: Burkini-gate, Princess Hijab and dressing as struggle for postsecular integration
Linda Berg, Mikela Lundahl
Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, Journal article 2016
Journal article

Uses of Heritage: For whom, By Whom?
Mikela Lundahl
Becoming by Recalling, Linköping, Linköping Konsthall, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Innocent children, western agents? Children and war in ’African’ literature
Mikela Lundahl
NORLIT 2013. Literature and Terror: Violence, Politics, Aesthetics - Trondheim 22-24 Augusti 2013, Conference proceedings, NORLIT 2013, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Major publications

Innocent children, western agents? Children and war in “African” literature
Mikela Lundahl
Eliassen K. O., Foss G., Nylander L., (red.). Litteratur og terror. Volden, politikken, estetikken, Oslo, Novus, 2016

Friction or Closure: Heritage as Loss
Mikela Lundahl
Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research, 2014

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2012

dOCUMENTA (13) och det samtida historieintresset
Mikela Lundahl
Paletten, Magazine article 2012
Magazine article

2011

»Tre starka kvinnor« Marie NDiaye
Mikela Lundahl
Ord & Bild, Book review 2011
Book review

Centre, periphery, & the water’s significance for the city
Mikela Lundahl, Karl-Johan Cottman
Unda Maris, Göteborg, Maritime Museum and Aquarium, Other 2011
Other

Centrum, periferi och vattnets betydelse för staden
Mikela Lundahl, Karl-Johan Cottman
Unda Maris, Magazine article 2011
Magazine article

2010

Kvinnor, vithet, och de andras litteratur
Mikela Lundahl
Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, Journal article 2010
Journal article

The Simple Gothenburger
Mikela Lundahl
(Re)searching Gothenburg. Essays on a Changing City, Göteborg, Glänta Produktion, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

Den enfaldiga Götheborgaren
Mikela Lundahl
Göteborg utforskat: Studier av en stad i förändring (Helena Holgersson, Catharina Thörn, Håkan Thörn & Mattias Wahlström, red.), Göteborg, Glänta Produktion, Chapter in book 2010
Chapter in book

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